St. George (1893) Memory of George A. Payne – Window executed by Tiroler Glasmalerei, Innsbruck, Austria

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Sunday Obligation to Attend Holy Mass Restored

The obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation has been restored by Bishop Kopacz, effective June 5, 2021. This means that starting this weekend, all are once again obligated to attend Holy Mass every Sunday (or Saturday evening) and every Holy Day of Obligation.

To willingly choose something else over attending Mass will once again be a mortal sin. Bishop Kopacz reminds everyone, though, that if you are battling illness or a compromised immune system, you are still validly dispensed of the obligation to attend Mass for your safety and the safety of others.


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Protection of Children

The Catholic Church has always demonstrated a concern for children. The Diocese of Jackson is committed to ensuring that children served by the church are not at risk of sexual abuse by the Church personnel.

Diocesan policies and procedures currently in place seek to protect, enhance and, in some cases, restore the trust that our faith calls for between agents of the Church and … Continue reading


Act on behalf of life

By Bishop Joseph R. Kopacz, D.D.
The fundamental truth of our faith in Jesus Christ was proclaimed in last Sunday’s first reading with the creation story from Genesis, so fitting to begin Respect Life Month in the Catholic Church throughout the United States.

From the encyclical Evangelii Vitae (The Gospel of Life) of St. John Paul II we read that God made the human person with the capacity to love and reason, and to live in relationship with the Creator. … Continue reading


Synods date back to 1858 in diocese

By Mary Woodward
On Sunday, Oct. 24, at the 10:30 Mass in the Cathedral of Saint Peter the Apostle, Bishop Joseph Kopacz will officially open the diocesan phase of the church’s preparation for a universal synod on the synodal process in 2023. In the Mass, Bishop Kopacz will offer prayers for the diocesan church as we undertake this important aspect of church life on the local level.. … Continue reading

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Bishop R.O. Gerow, seventh bishop of the diocese, sits surrounded by his clergy for a 1935 Synod held in Bay St. Louis at St. Augustine Seminary on July 9. (Photo from archives)


Bishop Joseph Kopacz of the Diocese of Jackson speaks about building a culture of life, of justice and of peace during 40 Days for Life and Respect Life Month. He touches on The Gospel of Life by St. Pope John Paul II, saying "the house is the foundation the life of the unborn and upon that foundation we build."

Additionally, hear Bishop Kopacz on St. Joseph as a defender of life and speak on the Dobbs v. Jackson Women's Health Organization case coming before the Supreme Court on Dec. 1, 2021.

"We are pro-life because human life has the ultimate value."


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GOING TO CHURCH

We take a visual tour of historic Mississippi churches. We find faith in a downtown Jackson coffee shop. There is more to St. Mary’s Basilica in Natchez than just amazing architecture. … View video


THE SAINTS OF THE BASILICA

Linked Text Saints biographical sketches, presented by the Liturgy Commission … Read more


Do You Really Want What God Wants?

CYCLE B • ORDINARY TIME • WEEK 29
By Bishop Robert Barron – October 17, 2021
Friends, power and honor, in and of themselves, are not a bad thing, but we wreak havoc when we ask for them in the wrong spirit. When we beseech the Lord with our desires, let us ask for what God wants for us rather than what our egos have determined to be good.

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Father Ron Rolheiser, OMI

Ronald Rolheiser, a Roman Catholic priest and member of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate, is President of the Oblate School of Theology in San Antonio, Texas. He is a community-builder, lecturer, and writer. His books are popular throughout the English-speaking world and have now been translated into many languages. His weekly column is carried by more than 80 newspapers worldwide. Prior to this present position, he taught theology and philosophy at Newman Theological College in Edmonton, Alberta, for 16 years, served as Provincial Superior of his Oblate Province for six years, and served on the General Council for the Oblates in Rome for six years. He has been at Oblate School of Theology since 2005. … Father Ron's column


Catechism of the Catholic Church

“FATHER, . . . this is eternal life, that they may know you, the only true God, and Jesus Christ whom you have sent.” “God our Savior desires all men to be saved and to come to the knowledge of the truth.” “There is no other name under heaven given among men by which we must be saved” than the name of Jesus.

“In reading the Catechism of the Catholic Church we can
perceive the wonderful unity of the mystery of God.”
Pope John Paul II

Catechism of the Catholic Church


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Notable Quotes

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“Good, better, best. Never let it rest. 'Til your good
is better and your better is best.” St. Jerome


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